Luis Montoya

7
Aug

Submit your proposals for this year’s SSDP Strategy Summit

Students for Sensible Drug Policy’s international team and Board are doing things differently for this year’s Strategy Summit. We will be working to develop a multi-year strategy to guide the organization through these uncertain times and beyond, and we cannot do this without your help! The development of this strategy will be rolled out in phases, and we will be
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27
Jan

Introducing the Wake Forest University School of Medicine SSDP chapter

Join us in welcoming Lindsey Galbo ‘19, Aaron Tryhus ‘19, and the rest of the Wake Forest University School of Medicine SSDP chapter. Lindsey and Aaron are the co-founders of the chapter, and I had the pleasure of interviewing them about their experience getting started. How did you hear about SSDP? Lindsey: My best friend from Pittsburgh is involved with
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26
Sep

Introducing our George Mason University SSDP chapter!

SSDP at George Mason University (GMU) was recently recognized as a Registered Student Organization (RSO). We’ve also met the criteria for being a Tier I RSO. This means our chapter will have access to school funding, rooms for larger events, catering, and other resources from the Office of Student Involvement at GMU!   This milestone was reached with the support
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26
Sep

Announcing the Resource Assessment and Manual/Community Organizing Toolkit (RAMCOT) Working Group!

RAMCOT (Resource Assessment and Manual/Community Organizing Toolkit) The RAMCOT working group will collaborate on updating SSDP’s resources as well as create new ones to increase accessibility and support members in organizing and activism. The group also researches ways to appeal to as many learning styles as possible in the development of our resources. The first step for the RAMCOT working
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26
Sep

Introducing the University of North Georgia Oconee SSDP chapter!

Join me in welcoming Brooke Trogdon ‘19 and the University of North Georgia Oconee SSDP chapter! Brooke wasted no time between getting in touch with their Movement Building Fellow and getting meetings going. I had the opportunity to ask Brooke a few questions about their experience getting this SSDP chapter going. Brooke learned about the group from a friend at
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9
Aug

Introducing the University of Houston SSDP chapter

Welcome to the network, University of Houston SSDP! Chapter leaders Chelsea Pederson ‘19 and Pierce Popson ‘19 recently reached out to Students for Sensible Drug Policy, separately, and have since been working together to get the University of Houston chapter established. I sat down with them to ask about their interest and experience this far.  How did you hear about
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7
Aug

Inter-chapter Collaborative Committee Working Group Update

Greetings from the Inter-Chapter Collaboration Committee (ICC)! ICC exists to connect chapter members, alumni, staff, and board members to collaborate on large projects. Any member or alumnus is welcome to join the committee by joining our Slack and then completing this form to join working groups! You can find updates about our active working groups below. Please don’t hesitate to
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25
Jul

Be Interactive

Written by Erica Darragh ‘14, member of the SSDP Board of Directors Last weekend, Students for Sensible Drug Policy tabled at Bassnectar’s second annual fundraiser for his social change nonprofit, Be Interactive. We could not have hoped for a better night. Our action inventory included: 60 engagements to our action center for federal cannabis policy reform - participate in this
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9
Jul

Use your CAT points to get to the Reform Conference this fall

Our friends at Drug Policy Alliance are hosting their biennial Reform Conference in St. Louis, Missouri this November and they’ve generously allocated scholarship funding for members of Students for Sensible Drug Policy! The Reform Conference is the largest conference on the issue of drug policy reform. It brings together more than 1,500 people who believe that the War on Drugs

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2
May

Introducing Indiana University at Pennsylvania SSDP!

Join us in welcoming Giovanni “Gio” Serrapere ‘19, Xavier Bennett ‘19, Kaitlyn “Kate” Adams ‘19, Morgan Glasser ‘19, and the rest of the newly founded Indiana University at Pennsylvania Students for Sensible Drug Policy chapter! Gio, Kate, Xavier, and Morgan co-founded IUP SSDP earlier this month, and I had the privilege of interviewing the four of them to learn more

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15
Feb

Introducing our Rural Harm Reduction Policy Recommendations and Implementation Strategies

As a global network of students spanning vastly different communities and regions, it is important to give students the specific plans and tools necessary to create effective change in their neighborhoods. SSDP’s Rural Policy Working Group was created out of the desire of several students and SSDP alumni to collect and organize information to help activists in rural communities advocate

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25
Jan

James Madison University SSDPers Certified as Opioid Overdose Recognition and Response Trainers

The opioid overdose epidemic is now the leading cause of death for Americans under the age of fifty. Student Leaders at James Madison University’s SSDP chapter know that not enough of their peers know what to do when faced with an opioid overdose. They know that it will take a community effort to address the Overdose Epidemic. That’s why, this

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4
Jan

Introducing the University of Texas Arlington SSDP Ambassador

From policy research to policy reform, SSDPers truly hustle to bring sensible drug policies to their communities. It is my pleasure to introduce the newest addition to our family: a passionate student activist and our newest Ambassador at the University of Texas Arlington (UTA), Agnes Olatunji. Agnes hit the ground running after our first call together, quickly completing the campus

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14
Dec

Introducing the New SSDP Ambassador at Duke University School of Law

The Students for Sensible Drug Policy family is an incredible community. Every new addition to the family is cause for celebration. So, let’s celebrate one of our newest members, Addison Caruson! Addison is an ambassador with SSDP at Duke University School of Law. He found out about SSDP through a friend and reached out to get started. He is passionate

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21
May

Introducing Salt Lake Community College SSDP!

Hey everyone, join me in welcoming Salt Lake Community College to the family! The chapter founder and president, Garret Rueckert, took some time to sit down with me and answer some questions about his aspirations for the chapter. How did you hear about SSDP? I looked into SSDP on my own after learning about the War on Drugs in one

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22
Mar

Introducing the Florida Institute of Technology Chapter!

Hey everyone, yet another chapter joins our ever growing Florida network. Please, join me in welcoming Florida Institute of Technology’s founder and chapter leader Natalia Colon! I got a chance to ask Natalia some questions about her experience so far and her goals for the future. Here’s what she had to say: How did you hear about SSDP? I came

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24
Jan

Introducing ‘SSDP101: History and Overview of SSDP’

In SSDP101, join SSDP’s Executive Director, Betty Aldworth, as she discusses SSDP’s origins and growth into what it is today: an international grassroots network of students who are concerned about the impact of drug abuse on our communities, but who also know that the War on Drugs is failing our generation and our society. SSDP101 is the first in a

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12
Jan

Introducing the Issues and Resources Committee

One of my favorite things about the SSDP family is the willingness we all share to help one another other out. This is one of many reasons it gives me great pleasure to introduce to the world to SSDP’s new Issues and Resources Committee (IRC, for short). The IRC formed out of the realization by Board members and staff that

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10
Jan

Introducing the Appalachian State University chapter

The War on Drugs is a war on us, our friends, and our families. To many of us, SSDP is the vehicle through which we end these senseless atrocities and unnecessary pain caused by the prohibition. That is why when Victor told me that he wanted to start a chapter at Appalachian State University, I knew SSDP would be a

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10
Jan

Introducing the Rollins College chapter

It’s with great joy that I introduce Zechariah “Zech” Hilles and the Rollins College SSDP chapter. Located in Orlando, Florida, this is the tenth currently active chapter to join our network in the state of Florida. Zechariah reached out about starting a dual SSDP and Psychedelic club situation on his campus, after getting the idea from a Chapter Leader in

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2
Jan

Introducing the Wake Forest University Chapter

Good news, everyone: we have a new addition to the family. Join me in welcoming Nick Contillo and the Wake Forest University Chapter! I had the pleasure of getting to talk to Nick and asked him some questions about himself and the Wake Forest University chapter, and I’d like to share some of his responses: How did you hear about

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